Donald Trump Appears to Shove Prime Minister Dusko Markovic at NATO Meeting
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 0:05
And NATO's secretary general announced two points on the meeting's agenda that many interpret as nods to Trump. "So I really think that the results of the summit are worse than we expected -not only was there no clear commitment to Article 5, there was a repetition of this -I would say over-the-top - suggestion that European allies owe huge amounts of money to the United States". "The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russian Federation and our nation's eastern and southern borders", Trump said.
"NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations", President Trump said. White House senior adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is a subject of the FBI investigation, NBC News reported last night. This has been pointed out to Trump every single time he has made this same inane claim in the past, which is many times, but he keeps repeating it anyway. However, only the US, Britain, Estonia, Greece and Poland have so far been able to meet the target. Trump also discussed Article 5 of the NATO charter, which is the pledge of all NATO members to come to the aid of any NATO member country that is attacked. Trump did mention Article 5 in his speech - it was unavoidable, given the memorial he was unveiling.
The other agenda item is North Atlantic Treaty Organisation joining the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS. An anti-terror coordinator may also be named. That decision triggered NATO's participation in the war in Afghanistan.
Trump, who unlike other leaders at the summit has no plans to formally address reporters, ignored shouted questions about whether the United Kingdom can trust the US with sensitive material.
US President Donald Trump never fails to stay from headlines.
But Trump is set to face pressure from British Prime Minister Theresa May over leaks to the United States media of details of the probe into the Manchester attack. In a written statement, Trump called the alleged leaks "deeply troubling" and said he was asking the Justice Department and other agencies to review the matter. Following the talks, European Council president Donald Tusk said he and the US president agreed on a need to combat terrorism but some differences loomed large. "But some issues remain open, like climate and trade", Donald Tusk, who represents the 28 leaders of the European Union, told the meeting after meeting Trump.
Trump then stood near Markovic and spoke to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite during the shoot. He said unity must be found around values like freedom and human rights and dignity.
But as a 39-year-old who has never held elected office, Macron clearly was excited about the appearance with the US president, which cemented his status as a new global player - and as a formidable hand-shaker.